Happy Father's Day to all the dads of Birdland out there. Hopefully the Orioles give you a win. You may still be scarred, as I am, by the Sunday forfeit lineups and Sunday losing streaks of the Dave Trembley era, but things are better now. They actually win on Sundays sometimes.
Today's particular matchup looks scarily good on paper, in fact. The Orioles have their best starter by ERA, Chris Tillman, pitching against the Blue Jays in the rubber match of the three game series. The Jays have their worst starter by ERA, Marcus Stroman, on the mound to begin the game.
Stroman in particular has struggled in his last several starts against AL East opposition. However, Stroman is much better on the road than at home this year, and has been better in day games than in night games, so don't assume the O's will just get a cakewalk against some scrub - besides, you know how they do against scrubs a lot of the time anyway.
This will be the first of four Manny Machado-less games for the Orioles thanks to Major League Baseball deciding to stick it to him and the Orioles while letting the Royals escape Yordano Ventura's suspension without even needing a spot starter. Real fair, there. That was sarcasm just now.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Ezequiel Carrera - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - DH||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 1B||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Michael Saunders - LF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Russell Martin - C||Matt Wieters - C|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Devon Travis - 2B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Darwin Barney - 3B||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Marcus Stroman - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|